MY BROTHER’S KEEPER – THE STORY OF THE NICHOLAS BROTHERS

Posted by: | Posted on: February 20, 2017

Court Theater presents
THE HARD PROBLEM
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Charles Newell

March 9 – April 9, 2017

For The LOVE of THEATER Month

Black Ensemble Theater presents
OPENS 2017 SEASON: THE DANCE THEATER SEASON
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER – THE STORY OF THE NICHOLAS BROTHERS
February 11- March 26, 2017

The cast of My Brother’s Keeper (The Story of The Nicholas Brothers) includes Rueben Echoles (Harold Nicholas), Rashawn Thompson (Fayard Nicholas), Dwight Neal (Ulysses Nicholas), Shari Addison (Viola Nicholas), Katherine Thomas (Dorothy Nicholas), Taylah Thomas (Dorothy Dandridge), Jessica Seals (Geri), Joan Ruffin (Neeva), and Vincent Jordan (Cab Calloway). The Ensemble includes Dennis Dent, Paige Hauer, Devin Joyner, Linnea Norwood, William Rowland, and Henri Slater.

Synopsis: The Nicholas Brothers were the most legendary dance team in history. Harold & Fayard Nicholas broke through racist color barriers and rose to international stardom on stage and screen. They were acclaimed as the greatest dance team in history during the 1930s and ‘40s. We know them as a dynamic, high-flying, dance duo.

Brenda’s Review: I love the richness of black history and how lives are peeled back in layers to the very beginning. Take for instance the two greatest tap dancers that ever lived certainly the most beloved dance team in the history of entertainment are Fayard (born 1914- 2006) and Harold (born 1921-2000), the famous Nicholas Brothers. Their lives were played out on the stage through dance, love, and losses.

These extraordinary brothers are etched in the world of Black History as exceptionally talented and gifted with their ingenuity and unique dancing abilities.

Their extraordinary story was told by the women who knew them best, Fayard and Harold’s mother Viola Nicholas and their wives Geri Nicholas and Dorothy Dandridge Nicholas. These 3 women took us on a journey that exceeded one’s expectation of this legendary dance team.

“My Brother’s Keeper” took us behind the headlines so that we can see these 2 men outside of the spotlight. It was personal from the very beginning starting in Philadelphia from the Vaudeville Acts to Harlem at the infamous Cotton Club with Cab Calloway to Hollywood and Paris.

I sat in amazement as I watched six decades of the Nicholas Brothers entertaining me with their singing, series of spins, twists, flips, and tap dancing to the jazz tempos of “Bugle Call Rag.”
“My Brother’s Keeper” embodied the two brother’s love for one another through the renaissance era through a vibrant, intriguing and exciting Black Ensemble musical production.

The Nicholas Brothers talents were enduring, and the actors who portrayed them personified them every step in this remarkable play with dancing magic; these legendary men were brought back to life with every tap and every movement on stage.

If you like history like I do you will love to see the greatest tap dancers that ever stepped on a stage. These men were truly one another’s brother keeper and truly are a beacon to the meaning “Never Quitting!”

This is a must see play. I give it 2 thumbs up and 5 stars!
Yes, it’s that good!





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